BAYONNE, NJ – The city’s annual Interfaith Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks of 2001 and 1993 will be held Sunday at 7 p.m., the “September 11; Bayonne Remembers” committee announced.
The service honors those killed or injured at the World Trade Center in New York City, at The Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and on United Air Lines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. It also honors the victims of the attack at the World Trade Center on Feb. 26, 1993.
This year’s event will once again take place, rain or shine, at the 9/11 Memorial in Harbor View Park, at the eastern end of the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor.
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Rev. Joseph Barbone, the final pastor at the former Our Lady of the Assumption Church, will serve as master of ceremonies. Several members of the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy will offer prayers, readings and reflections. Mayor James Davis will offer brief remarks.
The program will include veterans’ color guards from Bayonne, as well as from the Bayonne Police and Fire departments. The Bayonne High School Marching Band and Bayonne Honor Choir will perform.
The Bayonne Recreation Division is providing free shuttle bus service for the program. Residents can board at West 23rd Street and Del Monte Drive, in front of Catholic War Veterans Post 1612. Shuttle service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will drop off attendees until 6:45 p.m.
Following the program, buses will return passengers to West 23rd and Del Monte. Shuttles will continue until all of them have arrived back, approximately 9 p.m.
Attendees can also drive directly to the ceremony and park in designated spaces at the Peninsula, including some next to Harbor View Park.
The September 11; Bayonne Remembers committee has sponsored the memorial program every year since the terrorist attacks in 2001.
Artist and sculptor Zurab Tsereteli of Russia designed the 9/11 Memorial, “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism.” He donated his work to the United States as a gift from the Russian Federation.
Everyone is invited to participate in the memorial service and vigil. For more information, contact Jean Perrucci at 201-858-1623.